As April is National Stress Awareness Month, we’re advising those who might be feeling a little stressed-out that a camping trip away could be just what the doctor ordered!
Amid the mania of modern life, a study we conducted of 2,000 Brits revealed we’re a nation of ‘fun-seekers’ as opposed to ‘sun-seekers’; with 63% of us planning a camping trip in 2019 and almost half of us (49%) looking for an adventure, freedom to explore and trying new things to enhance our happiness.
But how can camping in the great outdoors combat stress and help us to relax, renew and rejuvenate?
Well for a start, doing something you love and enjoy can instantly have an impact on wellbeing. Our research also showed that for those who’ve been camping, being in nature was voted their most favourite part of the experience (26%), no doubt boosting those all-important happiness levels.
So, to help you get the most of being outdoors, we’ve prepared some top tips for your camping trip and the things you can do to help alleviate stress and increase your happiness whilst you’re on it:
Originating from Japan, Forest Bathing encourages you to be outdoors in nature, such as a forest or natural wood-based surroundings, to improve your mental or physical health by using your senses to soak up the special atmosphere of the forest. It’s all about taking it in and enjoying the environment around you, appreciating the small things, so take it all in.
What do the trees look like? Is the sunlight streaming through the branches? How do they sound swaying in the breeze? What does the warm sunlight feel on your face? By spending time in the forest you can draw on the therapeutic powers of nature and connect with the natural environment around you.
Some gentle exercise such as a walk through the woods or even a slow and steady bike ride can really help improve mood and decrease feelings of stress. Exposing your lungs to fresh air, and the scents of flowers and plants, can help to relieve stress and anxiety and stimulate the senses in the process – all helping you to feel more alive and happy.
Practice pitching your tent before you set off for the ultimate stress-free start to your camping trip. You could even consider getting a self-erecting tent!
Our handy camping checklist is another great way to plan ahead.
Try to steer clear of processed, fatty foods, all of which can make us feel sluggish and cloudy headed. Instead stick to healthy camping food options such as leafy-green vegetables, fruits and legumes to boost your wellbeing and body.
Check out our popular camping recipes for inspiration.
Camping trips provide a great opportunity to go back to basics and reconnect with nature. Therefore, keeping your mobile phone switched off will make for a truly stress-free camping experience.
So what are you waiting for? Why not book your perfect camping adventure now and enjoy all that nature has to offer for a stress-free holiday. View our 15 campsites.
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